BeamWorks strives to cultivate long-term relationships with NYC public schools to bring a culture of creation, collaboration, and inspiration to under-resourced communities. We work closely with principals and classroom teachers to identify and develop hands-on projects that engage students and make learning more tangible. These projects range from in-class activities that develop over several weeks to more intensive school-wide initiatives that unfold over a full semester. 

In 2016, we launched BeamWorks first in-school FabLab, an advanced digital fabrication laboratory with cutting-edge tools and resources, at Brooklyn International High School. In 2017, we are building 5 more in-school FabLabs in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Downtown Brooklyn, and Gowanus.



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Digital Poetry Machine

The Brooklyn International High School Digital Poetry Machine is an interdisciplinary project that combines Physics, English, electronics, and programming. Magnetic lasercut words create poems that are posted to Twitter with the press of a button. Students learned basic woodworking, circuitry, the Python programming language, and how to interface Arduino microcontrollers with the Twitter API. While utilizing these skills, they also developed their familiarity with the English language by analyzing poetry, as well as their understanding of magnetism and circuitry.

Battle Of Brooklyn 

Fourth grade students at Brooklyn School of Inquiry researched the Battle of Brooklyn. Based on their research, they created a topographical strategy table, complete with moveable soldiers that they designed and lasercut. In addition, they created secret envelope books containing "letters home," written from the perspective of historical figures. Using all the things they made, the students reenacted the Battle of Brooklyn in a stop motion animation! 

Funktions Visualizer

The Funktions Visualizer, created with students at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School, displays algebraic functions using light-boxes as "pixels." Students each built a pixel. These were combined and programmed to become a large-scale graphing calculator. Students played "Guess the Function" challenge games to engage directly and physically with mathematic concepts.

Beam School Partnerships

FabLab Schools Brooklyn International High School (2016) • Nelson Mandela High School for Social Justice • West Brooklyn Community High School • South Brooklyn Community High School • M.S.442


Brooklyn International High School • West Brooklyn Community High School • South Brooklyn Community High School • East Brooklyn Community High School • Nelson Mandela High School for Social Justice • International High School at Prospect Heights • Brooklyn School of Inquiry • M.S.442 • P.S. 157 The Benjamin Franklin Health & Science Academy • M.S. 582 The Magnet School for Multimedia Technology and Urban Planning  • P.S. 120  • P.S. 240 • P.S. 130 • Urban Assembly Unison Middle School • P.S. 705 • Brooklyn Frontiers • Midwood High School


Manhattan International High School • Urban Assembly School for Design and Construction

Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School • Bronx International High School • South Bronx International Middle School

International High School of Health Sciences • M.S. 217 Robert A. Van Wyck  • I.S. 145  • P.S. 62 • Thomas Edison High School